Tricounty News

Elementary basketball results

It was a great day for the Cubs first basketball tournament. It started with freezing rain on the drive to Albany, and was followed by plummeting temperatures. But the weather had little impact on the Cubs efforts on Saturday. In fact, both the fifth-grade and sixth-grade teams played very well and ended up with the fifth-graders winning first place, and the sixth-graders taking second place. The fifth-grade team opened their day against one of the Albany teams. Point guard Joey VonWahlde led the team in scoring with seven points, while Isaiah Ehlinger added four points. Ty Morrison, Brandon Schiefelbein, and Brady Faber each contributed two apiece to give the Cubs a one point victory, 17-16. Michael Vossen grabbed a number of excellent rebounds and Sam Ehlinger and Sawyer Mies played great defense in clutch situations. In their second game, the Cubs started out strong, but   let Holdingford comeback to tie the game at halftime. In the second half, the Cubs regrouped and held on for a 19-15 victory. Isaiah Ehlinger led the team with eight points. Joey VonWahlde and Brady Faber scored five and four, respectively, while Brandon Schiefelbein kicked in another bucket. Will Spaulding stepped up with some solid defense and good rebounding. Jarod Olson forced a number of turnovers with some pressure defense, and Tanner Schreifels also did a good job on defense. The Cubs started the championship game very slowly and trailed 1-8 at halftime. However, the boys implemented a new play designed to get a couple of good shots off and capitalized on them to get them back in the game, and with eight minutes to go, the players declared during a timeout that they wanted to win. They followed through by toughening their defense and challenging the other Albany team to stop them. The Cubs pulled away in the final minutes to win 22-16. Brady Faber started the comeback and led the team with six points, followed by Joey VonWahlde with five and Ty Morrison with four. Michael Vossen, Isaiah Ehlinger, and Brandon   Schiefelbein each scored a bucket, and Will Spaulding drained one of his free throws, which he earned through tough rebounding inside. The boys celebrated and collected their trophies. The best part was the realization that every player on this team had played their best games to date during this tournament. Congratulations guys and keep up the hard work. The sixth-graders have had a very successful season thus far and were intent on continuing that trend on Saturday. After installing a pair of zone defenses, and press breaker, and a new zone offense on Friday, specifically for the tournament, they felt ready. The boys first faced Holdingford. Some tough defense and consistent ball penetration made the difference in the Cubs 26-17 victory. Cameron Hunt led the team with 14 points. Adam Laabs and Luke Merten each scored four, while Hunter Schreifels and Ben Serbus added a bucket apiece. In the second game, Kimball faced an inexperienced Little Falls team and dominated them 46-18. Every player scored, being led by Cameron Hunt with a season high 19 points. Luke Merten kicked in 12 and Adam Laabs added nine. Hunter Schreifels, Mitchell Klein, and Ben Serbus all scored two. In the championship game, the Cubs ran into PALS from Castleton, N.D. The Cubs were facing one of the toughest sixth-grade teams out there. The boys struggled to stop the fast-breaking opponents and lost 29-65. Adam Laabs scored a season high 18 points. Cameron Hunt scored nine points, and Luke Merten kicked in two. But the Cubs couldn't match PALS hot shooting from the perimeter. Nonetheless, the boys played well. Luke Merten placed considerable pressure on opposing point guards, allowing Mitchell Klein and Hunter Schreifels to get some steals from the wings. Adam Laabs, Ben Serbus, and Cameron Hunt all dominated the boards. They played some great team basketball and have the second half of their season to look forward to. Great job guys. Brent Hilbert, coach